31 days of living free: behind the scenes of a working mom

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My leftover pizza was warm.

Bare-faced in my comfy PJs with my hair pulled back, I attempted to tiptoe down the hardwood stairs without waking Olivia.

Damn you, hardwood floors, for being so loud…

I considered it a small victory when I managed to get to the dining room without stubbing my toe on the toys scattered everywhere.

Chris and I sat down at the dining room table.

“What do you want to drink?” he asked.

I looked down at my soggy piece of pizza and tears started welling up in my eyes.

“I can’t keep doing this,” I said, staring at my plate.

By the time I mustered out those words, I was full-out blubbering mess.

“I never thought I’d walk away from this. I love this job,” I said.

How could I feel so fulfilled in my career yet feel so empty at the same time?

It was in that moment — while staring at that nuked piece of pepperoni pizza — I decided to leave my career.

But more than that, I decided to trust God – and I mean completely trust Him —  show me where to go.

I trusted Him to break me free from the chains that restrained me from being the mother and wife I so desperately wanted to be.

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And in those months, I prayed like I’ve never prayed before.

In between deadlines and phone calls and lining up interviews, I muster up the courage and remind Him, “God, I’m trusting you to help me right now.”

And then it happened.

Right as my impatient self was about to throw my hands up and say, “I give up!”... 

It happened.

An email notification popped up for a job I was interested in.

God opened door.

After door…

After door.

And my heavy heart turned grateful.

My confusion and chaos turned into hope.

Because for the first time since I laid eyes on my daughter, I knew I would be free to be her mom.

I knew I’d be allowed to be the wife I so badly wanted to be.

Becoming a mom changed me.

I didn’t want to be known as the “TV news gal” anymore.

Because the best, most honorable role I have in this world is “Olivia’s Mom.”

Are the sweatpants and mild make-up with hair all a’mess as glamorous as taking home that Emmy award from a broadcast news association banquet?

Ehhh… 

I guess it depends on who you ask.

For me, being a mom is what God called me to do.

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31 days of living free: a prayer for your home

A Prayer For Your Living Room // Many Sparrows Blog // 31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women who Dream

We’ve had Common Prayer sitting on our shelves for a while.

Common Prayer is a tapestry of daily prayers inviting faith communities from around the world to pray, sing, and act together. At this site, you’ll find prayers for every evening, morning, and midday that celebrate the best of the Christian tradition and engage with the most pressing issues of our world today. There are also songs from various traditions, including African-American spirituals, traditional hymns, Mennonite gathering songs, and Taize chants—a ‘greatest hits’ from the church’s first 2000 years. There’s a calendar to help us remember our saints and landmark dates in the struggle for peace and justice. And there’s a collection of prayers for special occasions.

Since we’re talking about living free in our homes this week, I thought I’d share this simple and beautiful prayer from Common Prayer to pray over your living room.

There is a friend’s love
In the gentle heart of the Savior.
For love of Him we offer friendship
And welcome every guest.
Lord, kindle in my heart
A flame of love to my neighbor,
To my enemies, my friends, my kindred all,
From the lowliest thing that liveth
To the name that is highest of all.

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31 days of living free: love letters from God

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And…I get a copy to share with one of you, too. (Enter at the giveaway end of the post.)

Accompanying each story in this sweet children’s storybook Bible is a little letter, tucked away in its own lift-the-flap envelope, written to little ones as if it’s from God. The stories are written in a welcoming and honest way, without being too “baby.” My favorite part, though? I really love the rich illustrations — the people are vibrant and colorful. The pages are just really beautiful.

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This book ends in an invitation for the children to write their own RSVP note to God. It’s so precious and Joseph and I have already had sweet conversations based on the book. (He was so surprised that we can really pray anywhere — God can always hear us?)

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I hope you savor this sweet storybook as much as we have been. (And yes, I’ve spent some time reading it to myself and maybe got a little teary.)

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31 days of living free: make room for grace

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As I mentioned yesterday, this week I’m exploring what it looks like to live free at home.

I want our home to be a deep exhale on a cold winter’s day. I want it to be the type of space where you can hang your scarf on the homemade coat rack, shake off snowy boots next to the pile of mismatched shoes, and cozy up with a well-loved blanket.

I want our home to be peaceful and unpretentious, welcoming and warm. When you walk across the threshold, I want you to know that you are so loved.

I think what I want and what we have are two different things. Drop-in visitors make me nervous and self-conscious, and I always find myself apologizing for the mess. (Though, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful is rocking my world about that!)

I find myself having a hard time hosting, not because I don’t love community, but because I have this voice in my head that says, “If it can’t be perfect, don’t do it at all.”

I think I’m kind of, totally, 100 percent off on this.

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Hospitality means generous living. It means a life poured out and conversations around the table. It means joy. It means rest. It means none of us have it figured out, but we know life is better together.

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31 days of living free: being stay at home mom makes me happy…and sad

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And then my 18-month-old wakes me up from my reminiscing with a MOMMY! and a very literal poke in the eye.

I love my kids dearly, and I blame my own saint of a mother for making this whole stay-home-with-your-kids thing seem so easy. Because sometimes I feel way more equipped to edit an article than I do to come up with ways to entertain my little people. Pinterest mommies, God bless you, but I’m not turning my egg carton into a color-coded educational toy.

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For me, home is the best and sometimes the worst. Sometimes I feel on-top-of-the-world and other times I’m hiding in the bathroom scrolling Instagram for one minute of peace.

I made the very intentional decision to stay at home with my kids while they’re young. I smile more in a day then I used to in years. My two boys are gifts of grace and I’m humbled to my knees every day that I get the privilege of being their mama. (You can catch a glimpse into my heart on motherhood here or here or here.)

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However, being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t always come easily to me. And I think that’s okay. Actually, I think it’s more than okay.

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Because God is equipping me every stinkin’ day to pour into these sweet little dudes. His mercies really are new each morning. On my own, I’m in New York chasing my magazine dream job. I’m in it for me. (Hey, mamas who are working your editor prowess, that’s awesome. I’m not judging.) I just know that if I chased after that, my heart wouldn’t be at the right place.

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But with God? With Him, I don’t have to chase after identity. Nothing I do or don’t do makes me more worthy. With Him, my impatience is replace with peace, my rash decision making is replaced with self-control and kindness. I can still (and SHOULD still!) use my talents and gifted areas, but instead of using those to place myself on a higher throne, I’m honoring the one who already sits at the top.

All of these rambles to say that when I think about living free at home, I think about how sometimes I don’t feel so free. I think that I get so much in my own head that I lose sight of the privilege and honor to spend my days right now speaking life into two big-eyed, big-hearted little boys.

I think this week is going to be good, you guys. I promise to always be authentic and to mostly not over share, you just have to promise to walk this with me.

Let’s do this.

#insertfistbumphere

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